Early Modern Europe (HIST*1010) | College of Arts

Early Modern Europe (HIST*1010)

Code and section: HIST*1010*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Cathryn Spence


Method of Delivery:

Each week this course will have two synchronous remote/virtual lectures plus a 50-minute seminar.

Students may

  • enroll in a section with exclusively virtual seminars

or they may

  • enroll in a section with seminars planned for on-campus, in-person delivery.

Course Synopsis:

History 1010 is an introductory-level course about Europe and its interactions with the outside world, c. 1350-1800. The course covers many of the major events and movements that influenced the development of so-called Western culture including: the Italian Renaissance and Reformations; the overseas expansion and global imperialism, the emergence of scientific culture, the Enlightenment and the political, industrial, and agricultural revolutions of the eighteenth century that created the foundation for the modern western society we live in today. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. Outline and summarize the major changes and events that took place in the period 1350-1800 and explain the impact these changes have had globally;
  2. Place events of the early modern world in a chronology and identify the links between events: both causal effects as well as more complex interconnections;
  3. Outline the main facts and explanations of an historical event and recognize that there may be several interpretations of the same event;
  4. Differentiate between primary and secondary sources and formulate the issues related to using primary sources (such as biases, contrasting perspectives, when they were written, etc.);
  5. Identify scholarly sources suitable for an academic paper and develop a bibliography by using the Chicago reference system;
  6. Identify the thesis of a scholarly article and describe this in writing; and
  7. Narrow down a research topic for a research paper.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Seminar discussion and participation – 20%
Quizzes – 20%
Research project proposal – 10%
Research project – 20%
Final exam – 30% 

Texts and/or Resources Required:

  • Mark Konnert, Medieval to Modern:  Early Modern Europe.  Oxford and Toronto:  Oxford University Press, 2017. 

And, in campus bookstores, bundled with

  • Margot Northey, Making Sense.  Toronto:  Oxford University Press, 2016) 

**Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.**